Casa Gangotena is a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco. This three-story accommodation harbours 31 rooms which showcase eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. The hotel is at once intimate – like the family home it was – and sophisticated, with all the facilities and services today’s world travellers expect. It mimics the soothing hues and stylish comforts that greeted its residents and their guests for decades.
Casa Gangotena is a historic mansion that has been restored to be reborn as an elegant 31-room boutique hotel. Lying a stone’s throw from the gilt Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús, the Museum of the City, the Plaza Santo Domingo, the Presidential Palace, cultural centres and the bustle of Quito’s Old Town, the Casa Gangotena enjoys an incredible location. The materials brought into play decorating Casa Gangotena are opulent, as befits the status of the mansion. There are many Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements dating from construction in the mid-1920s that now shine as never before. These include lovingly-restored original painted tin ceilings, wood panelling, beautiful mirrors, painted murals and friezes.
The Luxury rooms invite guests to relax in style, enjoying the peace created by the luxurious upholstery, plush carpets, fine linen and rich furnishings which adorn each room. They either have views on to the bustle of Calle Cuenca to the west, on to the garden, or, in the case of the third floor, beautiful prospects to the south and the Virgin of Quito.
The eight Plaza View rooms enjoy wonderful views across the Plaza San Francisco, bathed in golden light in the mornings and resplendently floodlit at night. They are perfect rooms for guests who want to feel close to hum of the city, watching the life on the square below unfold from their handsome French windows.
At the end of the western wing of the property, on the first and second floors, two Luxury Rooms are inter-connecting, providing more space for families and visiting dignitaries and may be converted into suites. One of the rooms remains the same, with one king-size beds, while the connecting room can be arranged according to guests’ needs: with beds, sofas, desks, whatever the requirement, we’ll be glad to fulfil it. These rooms overlook the garden and receive the best afternoon light in the hotel, looking beyond to the hills of the Pichincha Volcano.
At the end of the southwestern wing of the property, on the first floor, the Balcony Junior Suite is undeniably romantic, with a balcony overlooking the garden and picture-perfect views to the Virgin of Quito atop her hillside. Neoclassical stucco columns adorn the room. The bathroom is hugely inviting, two large windows drawing in the Andean light, while more columns and black-and-white veined marble complete the picture. The balcony is a perfect ad on, where guests can enjoy the view to Panecillo Virgin, relax with a book or have romantic breakfast.
This Junior Suite occupies the end of the southwestern wing of the property. Striking neoclassical columns rise around the room, topped with ornate stuccowork, which interrupts the floral Art Nouveau frieze that runs around the cornicing. One wall is entirely taken up with an original mural of an Italian lake landscape, awash in blues and soft tones. The bathroom is particularly attractive, with two large windows facing west and south, more columns and a decadent feel.
Dining at Casa Gangotena is an experience for all the senses, crowned by the impeccable ‘old school’ service of its wait staff. The menu celebrates Ecuadorian cooking from the Andes and the Coast, whether meat, fish, poultry or vegetarian, reflecting the country’s amazingly rich and diverse ingredients.
Beautifully- and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.
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